Saturday, January 2, 2010

Scorch's First Walkabout

Today was farrier day at Casa Fry.
Scorch, whose feet are even bigger
than Poco's salad plates,
was overdue for a trim.
He was a very good boy for Jon.

At home, Scorch is kept in
a pen with young geldings
and soon-to-be's.
A couple horse trailers are parked in there,
left open so the youngsters can
climb in and out at will.
The trip from the farm to Casa Fry
was Scorch's first actual trailer ride.

I am Scorch's Aunt Leah.
I was present at his birth.
I named him.
I was the first person to sit on him.
He's not mine,
but I have a vested interest in him.
It delights me to
expose him to new things.

After his trim, I took him for his
first walk outside the fence,
or any fence, for that matter.

We walked down to where
the crazy Labs live
(they weren't out)
and back.

He was a bit worried when
cars went whizzing past
— THANK YOU, STUPID, THOUGHTLESS PEOPLE —
but he only spooked in place,
and only once.

He was skittish when we went past
the home under construction next door.
It smelled like they may have been
staining hardwood floors or cabinets,
and he didn't like that smell at all.

He wanted to be a little too close to me,
but was calm and steady.
I brought a crop, just in case,
but had no cause to use it.

Mmm, clover.

The mother lode!
Long, lush, moist winter grasses
on an undeveloped property.

I should have gotten a photo of Scorch
looking over the top of this big dirt mound
(yes, that's the real angle, not just
a wonky camera shot),
at his fretting buddy
just across the road.

12 comments:

Kate said...

He seems a sensible, smart horse and is lucky to have you as a concerned and involved human!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Have you ever told us the story behing Scorch's name?
Does he have an 'active social life' yet(if you know what I mean?)?

You are so good to take him out and expose him to new experiences, too. That halter is pretty snazzy. hehe!

~Lisa

ps I had no idea that HGTV's Dream Home was in New Mexico this year! Cool! I live only 15 mins from Sandia Park and San Pedro Overlook.
We had almost considered buying into San Pedro Creek or San Pedro Overlook, but they have strict HOA rules, even for the 10 acre properties of San Pedro Creek, which does allow up to 2 horses, but no goats, llamas or chickens!

Sadly, you might want to rethink trying to win the dream home, because it is located in San Pedro Overlook, unless you don't mind boarding your horses. Yep, that's right....no livestock permitted at all! Bah!

I'd still love to have you as a neighbor, though!

cdncowgirl said...

Love how you call yourself "Aunt Leah" I refer to Kimfer as my critters aunt and she thinks I'm a bit of a dweeb for it. HA, now I know I'm not the only one! :)

Sounds like Mr Scorch has a pretty good mind.

cdncowgirl said...

Re your FB status & Lisa's comments... how about winning the HGTV Dream House and then selling it to buy a property that does allow livestock?

Desert Rose said...

What a good boy he was for his walk with his "AUNTIE"!

Leah Fry said...

I'll do another post about Scorch, including the explanation of his name. I just found his baby pictures :-)

If I win the HGTV Dream House, THEN I'll worry about what to do with it and the horses. I don't need that much house, though I'd love to live in the high desert again.

Paint Girl said...

Scorch is such a cutie! Sounds like your walk went pretty well. I need to start doing more walks with my filly, the sooner the better!

Life with Kaishon said...

Your horse is so beautiful. Or the horse you are an Aunt to any way : ). I am visiting from a Horse crazy blog this morning. I have a friend I went to college with named Leah Fry so I came to see if you were her. She lives in Iowa! : ) Hope you and all of your horses have a happy and healthy new year!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

How old is Scorch? I was wondering about his name too. It's good that he can handle the speeding cars.

Adventures of a Horse Crazed Mind said...

Look forward to hearing more about how scorch got his name! I wonder how gray he'll get?

Saddleries.net said...

Best wishes for 2010 !

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